Four years after buying La Pizzeria in Campbell, the Rome-born chef and owner is branching out to a second location.

Antonella Muratori-Saccani will preside over the grand opening of her new restaurant in Cupertino, where her family has lived for years, at 5 p.m. today, Oct. 28.

The pizzeria name belies the broad menu inspired by chef Antonella’s upbringing and training.

While both restaurants feature such Roman specialties as Cacio e Pepe (pasta with pecorino cheese and pepper) and Fiori di Zucchine (zucchini blossoms) with mozzarella and anchovy pesto, she plans to use the Cupertino restaurant as a canvas for some new dishes.

Joining the inaugural menu on Wolfe Road will be Pappardelle with Wild Boar Sauce and Porcini; Spicy Chitarra with Manila Clams and Bottarga; Lamb Chops; and Ravioli with Lobster and Prawns.

After years of hosting cooking classes and working as a private chef and caterer, Muratori-Saccani and husband Luciano Saccani got into the restaurateur side when La Pizzeria, where their son worked, went up for sale in 2016.

By purchasing the Cupertino site, they also keep this restaurant space as one devoted to authentic Italian cuisine. This previously was home to Doppio Zero, whose owners closed this location over the summer.

Antonella said owners “take a risk” with any new restaurant, especially during a pandemic. However, she added: “We really like Cupertino. Maybe this is a good opportunity.”

Details: 10088 N. Wolfe Road; 408-863-0308;


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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